Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 is a creative liberation that brings together the glorious artists, writers, gallerists, curators, museum directors, collectors and politically engaged creatives who are empowering and demanding change
MIAMI, FL- DEC 3 - Today the editors of Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine, part of Modern Luxury Media, the nation's largest luxury media company, are thrilled to announce the release of this year’s official publication, not only highlighting the return to the action-packed electrifying festivities of Art Basel and Miami Art Week but aiming to unearth deep conversations on the contradictions, complicities and biases still present in the art world.
For over 15 years, Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine by Modern Luxury Media has been the true insider's look into the country’s most highly anticipated art show. Each year, when the most elusive art enthusiasts around the world gather in Miami Beach, they turn to the pages of Art Basel Magazine for a true insider’s look into the art and design scene. After a two year hiatus, Art Week Miami and Art Basel is back and is bigger and better than before. To celebrate its return, Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine has commissioned contemporary artist Xaviera Simmons as the first guest editor to contribute to Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine alongside Phebe Wahl, EVP of Editorial at Modern Luxury.
“As the first guest editor to helm an edition of Art Basel Magazine it was not lost on me the scale and weight of this task two years into a global pandemic and an American uprising on ground,” said Simmons. “In order to operate true to myself as an artist who is extremely critical of the complicity embedded in all of the systems at play, I attempted to balance my excitement for the creativity we engage within, with an emphasis on the much needed critical conversations I find are almost always missing inside of publications such as this. I am humbled that The Art Basel Global Team and Modern Luxury Publications trusted my wisdom and vision for what would grace most of the content inside of this issue.”
“Working with esteemed artist Xaviera Simmons as the magazine’s first guest editor was an absolute honor,” said Wahl. “Like the artists in this issue, Simmons pushes the dialogue into important directions through all aspects of her work—leading the way for meaningful change with love.”
Within the pages of Art Basel Miami Beach, Simmons and Wahl commissioned many of the most seasoned writers and thinkers in the art industry to take sober stock of where we are at this present moment. In doing so, these writers have produced a series of beautifully clear manifestos alongside their critiques and offered ways we move towards reparative gestures that work alongside many other demands to undo centuries of systemic harm. This includes a feature by Tyrone Beason on the progress on the inclusivity and equity of museum leadership, and a profile from Jesse Bratter on how this year’s Art Basel paves the way for first-time exhibitors to allow for a diverse and wide reaching creative offering.
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